The Nigerian Police Force, Abuja division has deployed private detectives to churches and mosques in the city to prevent Boko Haram attack.
Attacks on the FCT by Boko Haram was rampant in 2014 to 2015, but the city had a relatively peaceful 2016, until the new video threatening the peace just days after the federal government exchanged five Boko Haram commanders for Chibok girls. The decision to send detectives to religious centres came after a meeting of the police and other security agents in Abuja on Saturday, May 20.
Police sets measure for Boko Haram after new video threatening Abuja. Police sets measure for Boko Haram after new video threatening Abuja.
At the emergency meeting chaired by FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, were the FCT Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, the FCT Director of the Department of State Services, the Guards Brigade and Garrison Command of the Nigerian Army, the FCT Area Council Chairmen, the FCT Council of Chiefs, representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Abuja National Mosque, among others.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Usen Omorodion, said: “Yes, policemen have been deployed in all these public places. You will find policemen stationed at such places of public interests. “The Explosive Ordinance Device Department also has its operatives involved. You will find them with their scanning machines at these places too.”
The Special Adviser on Media to the FCT Minister, Abubakar Sani, in a statement, said security agencies had declared their readiness to intensify intelligence, adding that the threat by the Boko Haram terrorists was not taken lightly by security chiefs.
Sani said: “The decision by the security chiefs was taken over the weekend at an emergency meeting of the FCT Security Committee. “The security chiefs noted with concern the recent threat by the Boko Haram sect to attack the FCT, and warned that the threat is not being taken lightly.
Meanwhile, the federal government has denied reports that the two million euro ransom was paid for the rescue of 82 Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
The federal government said, aside the five Boko Haram commanders that were released by federal government, no money was paid in its negotiation deal with the group. Speaking in an interview with the BBC, the minister of information, culture and tourism Lai Mohammed said the report is false and contrary to what transpired between the federal government and the deadly terrorist group.